Hammerhead

Japanese American Culture Community Center, LA
2004

Similar to a piano key mechanism, this study activated a floor surface, translating its movement into a hammer system, and shooting a long, aluminum pin past the outer surface, or plexiglass wall. In multiplicity, the pins would straighten up much like the hair on a catís back. Hundreds of these mechanisms at different heights and lengths would be installed in an Airstream trailer, where the curved, outer surface of the trailer would become animated as a person moved on the interior. The quick extending pins and the audible hammering sound would be expressive of how large, strong or timid the participant was. From inside-out, the completed trailer would be an extension of the human body, reacting and responding to the userís every movement. There is no hiding in this habitation.

Team: Doris Sung (principal), Scott Towar, Elizabeth Grace.